The Engineering New Zealand Foundation offers Scholarships for undergraduate students and post graduate students studying engineering.

We encourage student engineers to accomplish their Masters in Engineering by offering the Francis Small Scholarship – a $20,000 Scholarship, available to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents enrolling in a Master of Engineering (Research) or Master of Earthquake Engineering (Research). The scholarship alternates each year between the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury.

The Scholarship was established in 2015 by Dr Francis Small, who graduated with a ME and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland. This led to a successful career where he became the Managing Director of New Zealand Rail and Tranz Rail Ltd. He wished to enable others to study for an ME and experience the opportunities that this will create for them.

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to assist a student to undertake research Masters study in Engineering, especially where this funding would make a significant contribution to their financial needs.

Jessica Macfarquhar is the 2023/2024 recipient of the scholarship. We asked her what the scholarship means for her research and continued studies, and the importance of the work she's doing. Read more.

Chantelle Singh is the 2022/2023 recipient of the scholarship. Read about her research project

Sam Archie, the 2021/2022 recipient of the scholarship, talks about his research work

If you’re studying at Auckland in 2025, find out more about the scholarship